Frequently Asked Questions

Why do children benefit from coming to Love2Learn prior to starting school ?

Research has shown that a child’s expressive and receptive language, phonological, phonemic awareness and number sense skills have been shown to be a direct measure of their Literacy and Numeracy skills in the Early years of Primary school. (Auspeld) Love2learn aims to provide the best investment at the start of your child’s learning journey. We use evidence based programs to teach our classes. ‘Little Learners love Literacy’ for Literacy and “Numeracy’ activities which correlate with  Victorian Education Department guidelines. Play based learning is used in conjunction with explicit teaching in a multisensory, engaging and fun way. Both programs are sequential and are based on current research and best practise.

If a child is struggling in any of the above areas before school then early intervention is the best way to give your child the best possible start in school and to identify any outside provider support they may need. (Speech pathologist, OT, Ed Psych etc ) Love2Learn aims to help support children who have already been identified as being developmentally delayed ( 1 in 5 children will start school with DD-Auspeld), have speech and language concerns or where English is their second language and to work in with their family and providers to improve their development. Love2learn aims to build a bridge between parents and science and prepare your child for school. Children at this age are keen to learn and already show interest in literacy and numeracy, they may be the second or third child in a family and have gained interest through watching and learning with their siblings. We aim to boost their skills and confidence at an age appropriate level by equipping them with the skills kinder doesn’t cater for. Remember Kinder is called 4yo but the age range is really 4-6yo. That’s a big difference!

Will they be bored in Prep if they have done this program ?

No, it’s the opposite !

If a child starts school with the necessary reading, writing, spelling, number skills and confidence using them imagine how much easier their transition to school will be. They begin ahead!  With so many children starting school aged 6  it is expected their capacity for and interest in learning would have started well before they begin school. The expectations in Prep are way beyond what was expected several years ago,  you can see that as soon as they start school word lists and readers are sent home. Home learning during lockdown has opened our eyes to how hard it is to engage in learning without reading skills. The children are well and truly ready to engage in learning early on so let’s build on that. Classroom teachers are experienced in teaching children covering a wide range of abilities. It will make their job easier to have children who start with these skills. f you know your child has difficulty in any of these areas of development then you, as a parent start ahead of the game in terms of starting the conversation about extra support and following it through with your teacher and school.

Do you offer any classes or support after they start school ?

Love2Learn continues working with your child up until the end of Grade 2 by offering Prep and Grade ½ classes after school to support struggling readers, spellers and  writers. We offer consistency with our program and teachers. Children love moving year to year with their friends. Children will benefit from our small classes, explicit instruction and repetition.  Children with an identified Learning disability such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia benefit from our classes as the same program is what is recommended  to support these issues.

One to one Tutoring

Lisa Price is a highly qualified Early Intervention specialist in Literacy and Numeracy and can identify children’s learning issues and offer one to one tutoring sessions. She can do Assessments which indicate children’s age and grade levels in both areas and formulate individual plans for your child. If your child needs outside specialist support Lisa will be able to head you in the right direction when identifying your child’s specific concerns. She is also available to visit your child’s school and offer support in PSG meetings and with IEP’s. Where possible Lisa will work with your child’s teacher and discuss learning goals and work in with the school programs and phonic units.

How quickly will my child learn to read and spell ?

Reading is not a natural phenomenon it is a complex process. Many children struggle learning to read under the current school approach of ‘Balanced literacy’ where children are taught to read using whole words and are given levelled readers with whole words to learn even before the basics of our letter/sound system are taught. Our program is a systematic synthetic phonics program. It is based on the research on ‘The Science of Reading ‘and is used by Speech Pathologists. The ‘ Science of Reading’ is a term used to describe how the brain learns to read and the necessary programs we need to follow to ensure we get it right as educators in the instruction of reading. We follow the ‘Big 6 of Reading’ and integrate each aspect into our sessions. They are Oral language, Phonological awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension.

In our Little Learners Love Literacy Program after the children have learnt the first 8 letter/sounds ( which are the easiest to make the sound of, m s f  a p t c i) and 3 learn off by heart words ( I My The ) they can begin making and reading words.

In our Pre school classes we cover a letter/sound each week and constantly revise the ones already taught. Once the reading journey has begun on solid foundations the children take home their ‘Pip and Tim’ readers which are decodable and only use the letters/sounds and heart words they have learnt so far. From then on they are reading and each week they add more sounds and words to their vocabulary. As we teach them to decode words using sounds we also teach them to spell them using a process called ‘encoding’. The practise of doing them  together is practising and consolidating both skills simultaneouly.

In order for your child to write and spell they need to first learn the letter shape, formation, direction and starting point of all letters which have a corresponding sound. They need to map the letters out on paper which represent the sounds they hear in a word. Often children struggle with this as there are so many letters in our alphabet- upper and lower case. Imagine starting school having to learn all of this from scratch and being given whole word lists ( golden words, magic words etc) to learn off by heart from school. Worse still being expected to spell them ! Let’s bypass this stress which discourages them from reading as it builds anxiety. Remember if they cant read the words on the list then how can they manage the readers which are levelled !

From Prep-Grade 2 children are taught to read and from Grade 3 onwards it is expected that they are reading to learn ! Reading is indeed a complex process.

Why are Sounds and Number sense so important?  When I was at school we learnt the alphabet and counting from 1-10 ? My child can already do this.

We read using sounds, not letter names. Before we can do this we need a firm foundation of language skills in phonemic awareness helping us recognise the sounds in words. Rhyming, alliteration, manipulating the medial vowel in a word are just a few activities that are essential to learn as part of pre reading skills. Isolating individual sounds which are a-z comes first, this is called learning the alphabetical principle then comes two letters which make one sound ( digraphs and dipthongs – ck,ng,sh ) and three letters that make one sound ( igh, ould).

Rote learning 1-10 does not mean that your child understands all the necessary concepts involved in number. Love2learn develops and expands on the number sequence 1-10 covering the principles of these numbers and then what is needed to understand bigger numbers and compositions. Research shows that a child’s mathematical competence at pre school age reflects their later maths development level. (Peter Westwood) Children need to be able to identify numbers, understand that when counting each number it relates to the one specific thing that is being counted( one to one correspondence), know that numbers will always come in a set order (Stable order ) and that the last number counted is the total number of objects (cardinality). Maths vocabulary is another important aspect of our numeracy classes. Terms such as groups of, multiply, add, take away can be confusing to some children and Love2learn helps them learn the basic terms and models them using multisensory activities.

How long is the program? Does it run during the holidays?

The program runs alongside the school terms and goes for 1 year. Your child can join at any time, each session has revision.

We run school holiday programs which are separate to our regular classes and Lisa continues with Private tutoring/intervention sessions. During Covid 19 times we may run extra make up classes during the holiday periods.

Class sizes

Our class can range from 3-11 children.

Payment/Fees

Fees are due at the start of each term or from the date you commence.

Once you enrol it is considered you are enrolling for the rest of the year unless we are notified. Two weeks notice is required before the end of the term if you no longer wish to continue on the next term.

3yo class 60 mins $40

4-6yo class  75 mins $42

Prep and Yr 1&2 class 60 mins $45

Start up and mid way Packs- additional cost

3-6yo classes- Start of year

Start up Milo Monkey story book and card pack

4-6yo classes- Start of  Term 3

Love2Learn pack ( make a word practice)

Prep- start of program

Love2Learn Pack

Year 1 & 2 – start of program

Love2learn pack- long vowels

High Frequency decodable card packs

Can I claim your classes with NDIS as my child has financial support due to special needs ?

Yes you can. After  last years Covid lockdown NDIS has extended their provision to education services that provide the extra specialised support your child needs, this includes intervention and tutoring. Lisa holds all qualifications with VIT, Working with children cover , current First Aid,mand Post Graduate certificate in Learning Difficulties. We can write up a supporting letter if needed. We are happy to work in with your other supports if need be.

Make up classes/credits/refunds

Make up classes are offered if you are unable to attend a class. This may not always be possible if our other classes run on a kinder day for your child. However, all children will be given the missed activity sheets and new readers when they return the following week to follow up at home. The animal friend and letter sound they missed is always covered at the start of the next lesson as revision and your supporting Milo’s surprise party picture book can be used to go over at home.

No refunds are given for missed lessons. In the event that a teacher is away we will endeavour to re schedule the class either online or on another day which works for the majority. If that is not possible then a credit class will be given.

Trial classes

We run them if a child is new to Love2Learn and has not had siblings attend before. It must be booked in.  Parents are required to stay for the duration of a Trial class so you can see the class in action and make a committed and informed decision to enrol.

 What do I need to bring each week ?

love2learn Tote bag

Scrap book with each week’s sheets glued in

Show and share ( 2 items starting with the prior week’s letter/sound.)

Drink of water in a bottle clearly named

 Do parents need to stay each week ?

No, parents may leave their child once they are settled. If your child is new to Love2learn perhaps stay a little at the start then leave. We have a lovely Village shopping strip where you can have a coffee or get some jobs done ( Post office, supermarket, bakery ,butchers, newsagency, fruit shop, jeweller, beautician, nail and eyelash salon and 2 fabulous Op shops ! You are welcome to stay on if you wish, it is a good chance to see your child working with a teacher and their peers. Please do not stay if you have a toddler as this can be distracting for the children.

Is there homework ?

Our home activities are relevant to their age and learning.

*show and share– go around the house and find things that begin with the sound of the week and bring them to next weeks show and share

* letter tracing sheet and find items beginning with a set letter sheet

* practice the sounds learnt so far -using our chant and cards in Milos card pack, revise the page in the story book at home.

* Readers are sent home after week 9- once the first sequence of sounds have been learnt. Read together using the sounds to decode words and use the basic learn off by heart words learnt . Read it as many times as you like ! Repetition is key to developing fluency.

Are the readers available on an APP?

Yes the LLLL readers can be downloaded from The App store. Each stage is available separately. There are 7 stages.

The story is read word by word and page by page on the App. This can be turned off if you don’t want to hear it read to you.

At the back of each book on the App is the sound sequence and heart words used in that particular reader. If you touch on each one you will hear either the sound or the heart word.

 How can I practice the sounds at home if I am unsure of what the chant is or come from an English as a second language background?

You can follow this link to hear the card chant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KmfVGQdRCo

Another good You tube presentation is

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BELlZKpi1Zs

( Kids Tv 123- Phonics song 2)

You can always ask me to demonstrate to you how we use the sound cards !

The children can sing our song-chant to you –they love it !

Why do we use the  Little Learners love Literacy Program?

 It follows the principles and practices of The Science of Reading.

It is an Australian Program which is evidence based.

It is a sequential systematic phonics program which is recommended by Associations such as SPELD, LDA, Auspeld.

The decodable readers are gorgeous, bright and modern with characters the children love. The adventures of Pip and Tim are fun.

I have been using the program for 7 years now and began using it alongside a Speech pathologist who recognised the strength of this program.

LLLL are constantly keeping abreast of current research and evolving with it, producing resources from pre-Grade 2 and operating in many schools.

What if the primary school I am going to send my child to doesn’t use LLLL?

It will not make a difference- what they learn in our classes is transferable to any literacy work they do.

If your child moves into the prep class with us or starts as a new comer in our Prep class then we revise all letters and sounds using Milo’s animal friends but more as a directive to learn and practice the letter name and sound. The rest of the activities are based on spelling,writing,reading not pertaining to milos animal friend names ! They are a tool to help children remember and learn them.

If your school uses the program p-2 then your child will start prepared and with a firm foundation. The program is designed so it is taught the same way across the board in schools and in private practice.

Does Love2Learn have any Resources for sale that we can buy to help our children at home ?

Yes, I sell all the Milo Monkey -Literacy resources such as The Birthday Surprise Book, flash cards, word making flip book and alphabet animal frieze.

I also have my own Love2Learn resources for sale .

Why is Private Tutoring helpful for my child?

Private Tutoring is where your child has the benefit of working one on one with a highly experienced teacher who will assess your child’s needs in either Literacy or Numeracy by running some tests with them. They may also request to see your child’s report and Naplan and most definitely will need to read any specialist reports and look over their recommendations. Our Tutors are happy to consult with your child’s school teacher to gain further direction on any specific areas that need support working in with the topics they are doing that term . A Learning Plan is then drawn up and as a parent you are consulted about it. There is a fee for Assessments/Report reading/Meetings at schools with Teachers or for IPL meetings if you wish for our support and advocacy which is oven needed if your child has a specific learning difficulty which has been diagnosed. If after our assessment if we feel that your child may benefit from having assessments by outside agencies such as Educational Psychologists, Speech Pathologists  etc we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.

Private Tutoring is an individualised Program for your child’s specific needs.